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Lee County adds 20 acres to Conservation 20/20

By Staff | Oct 30, 2019

Lee County recently acquired an addition of about 20 acres to the existing 1,155-acre Conservation 20/20 Alva Scrub Preserve.

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners voted on Aug. 6 to pursue the purchase. The county purchased the property for $179,100, plus costs.

The 20-acre addition to the preserve squares off a western portion of Alva Scrub Preserve. Portions of the existing preserve are home to families of Florida scrub-jays, a state and federally listed threatened species. The primary stewardship objectives for the preserve is maintaining the existing habitat for scrub-jays, as well as enhancing disturbed upland ecosystems. Enhancements include prescribed fire, plantings, pasture restoration and removal of invasive exotic plants and animals. The preserve is about 17 miles east of downtown Fort Myers and offers a four-mile east-west corridor for wildlife.

For more information, visit www.Conservation2020.org.